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Profile Werner Huber

Although travelling since 35 years I'm limited to 6 weeks vacation per year and public holidays. Having harvested most of the low hanging fruit the pace of WH visits may slow down now. In addition there are plenty of nice places to see which are not on the list.

Aug 26 - Sep 11, 2010: visited Northhumbria (Hadrian's wall), Scotland (New Lanark, Orkney) and Northern Ireland (Giant's Causeway).
Aug 3, 2010: Inherited Albi and Amsterdam from the new WH inscriptions.
July-Aug, 2010: We explored the middle of England starting and ending in Liverpool. Included the Edwardian Castles, Pontcysyllan, Derwent Mills, Saltair, Stuley Royal and Durham.
June 18-22, 2010: A roundtrip to Cracow brought us to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and to the impressive salt mine in Wieliczka.
June 3-7, 2010: We made a 5 day roundtrip throgh Southern Albania and visited Butrint, Berat and Gjirokaster. Besides being a very valuable cultural experience we learned that Albania is a pleasant, lively and friendly country with a much more modern and up-to-date appearance than expected. I can only encourage people to go there for a visit.
April 1, 2010: Visited La Chaux de Fonds and Le Locle, founding locations of the Swiss watch industry.
October09: Had a nice round trip through Central Anatolia and could visit Göreme, Nemrut, Divrigi,
Hatusha and Safranbolu.
October09: A pleasant week i Cyprus allowed us to visit all 3 heritage sites.
August09: Had a ride on the Rhaetian Railway from Thusis to Terano and back.
August09: Spent 4 nice days in Tallinn

July09: On a round-trip through Romania we visited 6 of the 7 WH sites there, the Danube delta has to wait for another opportunity

June09: By the decisions taken by the 33rd session of the WH-comittee I lost a site and I gained 3 others visited previously.

June09: We visited the old Town of Torun and the Castle of the Teutonic Order of Malbork.

May 09: Classical Weimar and the Wartburg were our target locations of our long weekend trip.

April/May 09: Visited a number of the Wooden Churches in Slovakia, Zamolcz in Poland and L'viv in the Ukraine.

April 09: A sidestep from a business trip to Shanghai allowed the visit of the old gardens of Suzhou.

April 09: A spring tour including the 'Semana Santa' brought us to several heritage sites in central Spain, to El Escoreal, Segovia, Avila, Salamance, Toledo, Ubeda, Baeza, Aranjuez and Alcalŕ de Henares. Storks, medieval cities and Easter processions dominated the trip.

Feb 09: Visited the iSimangaliso wetland park including some spectacular animal sightings

Feb 09: Visited the South African heritage site of Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs.


Oct 2008: Visited the Modernism Housing Estates in Berlin.

Sep 2008: We toured through western parts of France and visited Bordeaux, St. Emilion, St. Savin and Bourges.

Aug 2008: A round trip through northern Italy brought e to Sabbioneta (visited Mantua already some years back) and also to Genoa.

July 2008: Lyon, Arc-et-Senans in France and Lavaux in Switzerland. I also 'inherited' San Marino when it was insribed in 2008.

July 2008: A turn through mid Portugal and through the Estremadura region in western Spain brought us to the monasteries of Alcobaca, Batalha, Guadalupe, to the historic towns of Carceres, Merida and Evora, to the convent of Tomar and to Sintra.

March 2008: We visited the baroque towns of the Val di Noto, both a cultural and also a culinary highlight. Unfortunately there was quite stormy wheather during our visit so we couldn't get to the Aeolian Islands as all ferry connections have been suspended due to high waves.

Feb 2008: We just returned from a 4 weeks trip to Chile with Easter Island as the top hilite. I could also celebrate my 300th world heritage on the terrace of a pittoresque hotel in Valparaiso

April / May 2008:
Our planned trip to the Aeolean Islands was literally blown away due to strong winds and generally bad weather. The weather was however sufficient for a nice visit to the late baroque towns in Sicily. During a 4 day trip to Belgium I could also visit the mines of Spiennes and the Plantin-Moretus House.
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Recent Reviews by Werner Huber

Tomb of Askia Werner Huber

We visited Gao as part of our Mali-trip in Jan 2011. For security reasons triggered by the issues between governments in the Sahel area and Sahara terrorist groups we were advised not to stay overnight in Gao, so we came early in the morning from Hombori and returned the same afternoon.

On this very day we were obviously the only travellers in Gao. We had to ask for the warden of the Askia-tomb and got it opened for us.

>> Read on


Sewell Mining Town Werner Huber

We visited Sewell in February 2008 encountering some difficulties. There is a homepage (www.sewell.cl) for sewell by CODELCO, the state owned company, which runs several mines, amongs them El Teniente, to which the mining town of Sewell belongs.

This page is of limited use as rather than telling you how to get there, what it costs, etc, it refers to a company called VLT which has the monopoply of taking people there.

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Potala Palace Werner Huber

It was a long awaited wish of mine to see the Potala palace in person and after several years of trying it came true in May 2007. It really is a breathtaking view and despite all the attempts of the Chinese government to profane it the Potala spreads out an overwhelming aura of spirituality. The neverending stream of pilgrims circulating round it underlines this spirituality.

Late in the evening when the sky is dark and the Potala is lit by spotlights, they have a set of color-lit fountains on the huge square opposite the Potala to which they play classic evergreens such as the "Blue Danube Waltz" or the "Hungarian Rhapsody" loud but in poor quality.

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Coa Valley and Siega Verde Werner Huber

We visited the WHS of the rock drawings as part of our trip through northern Portugal. The drive up the Douro Valley is beatiful anyway but I wouldn't have gone that far if there was no WHS.

We had prearranged a tour with the park rangers and the Coa Valley turned out to be a beautiful and tranquil place. There were no tourists there whatsoever, good on one hand but whether the park will ever be able to economically justify itself, is doubtful.

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Anjar Werner Huber

We reached Anjar from Damascus coming from a round trip thru Syria in early April 2006. Anjar was our first WH site in Lebanon just a few miles from the Syrian border. It was particularely breathtaking seeing the snowtapped Lebanon heights forming the pitoresque background to the remains of the palace of Calif Walid.

Only 3 month later all TV news were showing the bombs on the very road we had just used.

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Werner Huber's Lists

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and AltenmĂĽnster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  6. Agra Fort
  7. Agrigento
  8. Albi
  9. Alcala de Henares
  10. Aleppo
  11. Altamira Cave
  12. Alto Douro
  13. Amiens Cathedral
  14. Amphitheater of El Jem
  15. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  16. Ancient Kyoto
  17. Ancient Nara
  18. Ancient Thebes
  19. Angkor
  20. Anjar
  21. Aquileia
  22. Arab-Norman Palermo
  23. Aranjuez
  24. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  25. Arequipa
  26. Arles
  27. Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  28. Assisi
  29. Asturian Monuments
  30. Atapuerca
  31. Auschwitz Birkenau
  32. Avignon
  33. Avila
  34. Baalbek
  35. Bahá’i Holy Places
  36. Bahla Fort
  37. Bamberg
  38. Banska Stiavnica
  39. Bardejov Town
  40. Battir
  41. Bauhaus Sites
  42. Beemster Polder
  43. Belem
  44. Belfries
  45. Bellinzone
  46. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  47. Berat and Gjirokastra
  48. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  49. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  50. Bethlehem
  51. Biblical Tells
  52. Bisotun
  53. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  54. Blenheim Palace
  55. Bordeaux
  56. Bosra
  57. Botanical Garden, Padua
  58. Bourges Cathedral
  59. Boyana Church
  60. BrĂş na BĂłinne
  61. Brugge
  62. Bryggen
  63. Budapest
  64. Bukhara
  65. Burgos Cathedral
  66. Burgundy
  67. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  68. Butrint
  69. Byblos
  70. Caceres
  71. CamagĂĽey
  72. Canal du Midi
  73. Canterbury
  74. Cape Floral Region
  75. Castel del Monte
  76. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  77. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  78. Causses and CĂ©vennes
  79. Centennial Hall
  80. Cesky Krumlov
  81. Chartres Cathedral
  82. Chitwan National Park
  83. Choirokoitia
  84. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  85. Churches of Chiloé
  86. Churches of Moldavia
  87. Churches of Peace
  88. Cienfuegos
  89. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  90. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  91. City of Bath
  92. City of Luxembourg
  93. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  94. Classical Weimar
  95. Cliff of Bandiagara
  96. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  97. Cologne Cathedral
  98. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  99. Cordoba
  100. Corvey
  101. Costiera Amalfitana
  102. Crac des Chevaliers
  103. Cracow
  104. Crespi d'Adda
  105. Cuenca
  106. Cuzco
  107. Cyrene
  108. Dacian Fortresses
  109. Damascus
  110. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  111. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  112. Derwent Valley Mills
  113. Divrigi
  114. Djenné
  115. Dolomites
  116. Dougga/Thugga
  117. Drottningholm
  118. Dubrovnik
  119. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  120. Early Christian Necropolis of PĂ©cs
  121. Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  122. Edinburgh
  123. El Escurial
  124. Engelsberg Ironworks
  125. Ephesus
  126. Epidaurus
  127. Etruscan Necropolises
  128. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  129. Everglades
  130. Evora
  131. Fagus Factory
  132. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  133. Fatehpur Sikri
  134. Ferrara
  135. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  136. First Coffee Plantations
  137. Flemish BĂ©guinages
  138. Florence
  139. Fontainebleau
  140. Forth Bridge
  141. Fortifications of Vauban
  142. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  143. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  144. Fossil Hominid Sites
  145. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  146. Gammelstad
  147. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  148. Gardens and Castle at KromerĂ­z
  149. Genbaku Dome
  150. Genoa
  151. Ghadames
  152. Giant's Causeway
  153. Glacier parks
  154. Golestan Palace
  155. Göreme NP
  156. Granada
  157. Grand Canyon
  158. Grand Place, Brussels
  159. Graz
  160. Great Barrier Reef
  161. Great Wall
  162. Grimeton Radio Station
  163. GuimarĂŁes
  164. Gulf of Porto
  165. Gwynedd Castles
  166. Ha Long Bay
  167. Haghpat and Sanahin
  168. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  169. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  170. Hattusha
  171. Heritage of Mercury
  172. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  173. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  174. Himeji-jo
  175. Historic Cairo
  176. Hoi An
  177. Holasovice
  178. Hollókö
  179. Holy Trinity Column
  180. Hortobágy
  181. Horyu-ji Area
  182. Hué
  183. Humayun's Tomb
  184. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
  185. Ibiza
  186. Ichkeul National Park
  187. Iguacu
  188. Iguazu National Park
  189. Imperial Palace
  190. Imperial Tombs
  191. Incense Route of the Negev
  192. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  193. Ironbridge Gorge
  194. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  195. Istanbul
  196. Itchan Kala
  197. Itsukushima Shrine
  198. Jantar Mantar
  199. Jelling
  200. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  201. Kairouan
  202. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  203. Karlskrona
  204. Kathmandu Valley
  205. Kazan Kremlin
  206. Kerkuane
  207. Kew Gardens
  208. Kinderdijk
  209. Kotor
  210. Kremlin and Red Square
  211. Kronborg Castle
  212. Ksar of AĂŻt Ben Haddou
  213. Kutna Hora
  214. L'viv
  215. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  216. La Lonja de la Seda
  217. Land of Frankincense
  218. Las Medulas
  219. Laurisilva of Madeira
  220. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  221. Le Havre
  222. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  223. Leptis Magna
  224. Lima
  225. Litomysl Castle
  226. Liverpool
  227. Loire Valley
  228. Longobards in Italy
  229. Los Glaciares
  230. LĂĽbeck
  231. Luther Memorials
  232. Lyon
  233. Macao
  234. Machu Picchu
  235. Madara Rider
  236. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  237. Major Town Houses
  238. Malbork Castle
  239. Maloti Drakensberg
  240. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  241. Margravial Opera House
  242. Maritime Greenwich
  243. Masada
  244. Masjed-e Jâme'
  245. Matera
  246. Maulbronn Monastery
  247. Mazagan
  248. Medina of Essaouira
  249. Medina of Fez
  250. Medina of Marrakesh
  251. Medina of Sousse
  252. Medina of TĂ©touan
  253. Medina of Tunis
  254. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  255. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  256. Meknes
  257. MĂ©rida
  258. Mesa Verde
  259. Messel Pit
  260. Modena
  261. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  262. Monastery of Alcobaça
  263. Monastery of Batalha
  264. Monastery of Geghard
  265. Monastery of Horezu
  266. Mont-Saint-Michel
  267. Mostar
  268. Mount Carmel Caves
  269. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  270. Mount Etna
  271. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  272. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  273. Muskauer Park
  274. My Son
  275. Mycenae and Tiryns
  276. Mystras
  277. Nancy
  278. Naples
  279. Nasca Lines
  280. Necropolis of Bet She'arim
  281. Nemrut Dag
  282. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  283. Neolithic Orkney
  284. Nessebar
  285. New Lanark
  286. Ngorongoro
  287. Nikko
  288. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  289. Nubian Monuments
  290. Ohrid Region
  291. Old City of Acre
  292. Old City of Berne
  293. Old City of Jerusalem
  294. Old Havana
  295. Olympia
  296. Olympic National Park
  297. Oporto
  298. Orange
  299. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  300. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  301. Palmeral of Elche
  302. Palmyra
  303. Pannonhalma
  304. Paphos
  305. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  306. Pasargadae
  307. Peninsula Valdes
  308. Pergamon
  309. Persepolis
  310. Persian Garden
  311. Petra
  312. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  313. Pienza
  314. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  315. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  316. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  317. Plitvice Lakes
  318. Poblet Monastery
  319. Pompei
  320. Pont du Gard
  321. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  322. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  323. Potala Palace
  324. Potsdam
  325. Prague
  326. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  327. Provins
  328. Pyramids (Memphis)
  329. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  330. Qadisha Valley
  331. Québec
  332. Quedlinburg
  333. Quseir Amra
  334. Qutb Minar
  335. Rabat
  336. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  337. Rapa Nui
  338. Ravenna
  339. Red Fort
  340. Redwood
  341. Regensburg
  342. Reichenau
  343. Reims
  344. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  345. Rhaetian Railway
  346. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  347. Riga
  348. Rila Monastery
  349. Robben Island
  350. Rock Art of Alta
  351. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  352. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  353. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  354. Roman Walls of Lugo
  355. Rome
  356. Roskilde Cathedral
  357. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  358. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  359. Royal Palace at Caserta
  360. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  361. Sabratha
  362. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  363. Safranbolu
  364. Saint-Emilion
  365. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  366. Salamanca
  367. Saltaire
  368. Salzburg
  369. Samarkand
  370. San Gimignano
  371. San Marino and Mount Titano
  372. San Pedro de la Roca Castle
  373. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  374. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  375. Santiago de Compostela
  376. Sceilg MhichĂ­l
  377. Schokland
  378. Schönbrunn
  379. Segovia
  380. Selimiye Mosque
  381. Semmering Railway
  382. Serengeti
  383. Serra de Tramuntana
  384. Seville
  385. Sewell Mining Town
  386. Shakhrisyabz
  387. Shushtar
  388. Siena
  389. Sighisoara
  390. Sintra
  391. Site of Carthage
  392. Skocjan Caves
  393. Skogskyrkogarden
  394. Soltaniyeh
  395. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  396. Speyer Cathedral
  397. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  398. Split
  399. St. Petersburg
  400. Statue of Liberty
  401. Stoclet House
  402. Stonehenge
  403. Stralsund and Wismar
  404. Strasbourg
  405. Struve Geodetic Arc
  406. Studley Royal Park
  407. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  408. Summer Palace
  409. Susa
  410. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  411. Sydney Opera House
  412. Syracuse
  413. Tabriz Bazaar
  414. Taj Mahal
  415. Takht-e Soleyman
  416. Tallinn
  417. Tarraco
  418. Tchogha Zanbil
  419. Telc
  420. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  421. Temple of Heaven
  422. Thang Long
  423. The Four Lifts
  424. The trulli of Alberobello
  425. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  426. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  427. Timbuktu
  428. Tokaji Wine Region
  429. Toledo
  430. Tomb of Askia
  431. Torun
  432. Tower of Hercules
  433. Tower of London
  434. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  435. Trebic
  436. Trier
  437. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  438. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  439. Trogir
  440. Troy
  441. Tugendhat Villa
  442. Tyre
  443. Ăšbeda and Baeza
  444. Uluru
  445. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  446. Urbino
  447. Urnes Stave Church
  448. Val d'Orcia
  449. Val di Noto
  450. Vall de Boi
  451. Valletta
  452. Valparaiso
  453. Van Nellefabriek
  454. Vatican City
  455. Venice and its Lagoon
  456. Verona
  457. Versailles
  458. VĂ©zelay
  459. Vézère Valley
  460. Vicenza
  461. Victoria Falls
  462. Vienna
  463. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  464. Villa d'Este
  465. Villa Romana del Casale
  466. Villages with Fortified Churches
  467. Viñales Valley
  468. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  469. Vizcaya Bridge
  470. Vlkolinec
  471. Völklingen Ironworks
  472. Volubilis
  473. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  474. Wadi Rum
  475. Warsaw
  476. Wartburg Castle
  477. West Norwegian Fjords
  478. Westminster
  479. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  480. White City of Tel-Aviv
  481. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  482. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  483. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  484. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  485. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  486. Works of Antoni GaudĂ­
  487. WĂĽrzburg Residence
  488. Xanthos-Letoon
  489. Yaroslavl
  490. Yellowstone
  491. Yosemite National Park
  492. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  493. Zamosc
  494. Zollverein

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Country: Austria

Visited WHS: 494

Most impressive: Petra, Jordan

Proposal for a new WHS: Jerash, Jordan

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